Here is a topic I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on. We are getting ready to renovate a Cobble Hill brownstone that hasn’t been touched in a while. We have interviewed a few architects. Mostly, these architects all say their services will cost 20% of the job. I have also started talking to a few design/build firms. For those of you not familiar with this breed, they are a construction company with an in-house designer. The theory is that you will save money on the design aspect by cutting out the 20% architect. Most of the firms seem to have an architect on contract who will stamp the plans. The big disadvantage seems to be that you won’t be able to do a construction bid process…On the other hand, saving that 20% architect (or even 10%, given that you will pay the designer of the firm something) could be pretty damn sweet. My gut is to go with the design/build because I would rather see my money go into the pockets of the laborers who are working their asses off…Would love to hear what people think.